Demon Possession and Why I Named My Depression “Francis”


  2013-06-23 NBW Sermon 2<—-click here to listen along Today we just got to hear that awesomely weird story of when Jesus casts a legion of demons out of a naked dude and into a herd of pigs – pigs who then throw themselves over a cliff and drown in a lake.   It was this [Read More...]

Sermon (prayer, actually) on Jesus Loving Us So Much He Wants to Throw Up


2013-09-06 NWB Sermon-1<—click here to listen along. It makes more sense when heard and not just read, I promise. A few years ago I wrote a book about the experience of watching 24 consecutive hours of bad Christian television.  My friends and family signed up for an hour each to watch along with me. The [Read More...]

The Authority of Apology (my Honors Convocation Address at Iliff School of Theology)

My thanks to Deb Creamer and Albert Hernandez for inviting me to speak to you today.  It is an honor to be with you. I have a special fondness for Iliff because I had such a blast here – mostly because let’s face it, Iliff is like, a super weird place. I loved the people [Read More...]

Sermon on Why Hope and Vapid Optimism Are Not The Same Thing


2013-05-26 NBW Sermon<—-Click here to listen along. …suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us -Romans 5  As many of you know, I have a regular spiritual practice of warning people that I will disappoint them.  A couple times a year we host a Welcome to [Read More...]

Slightly Inappropriate Church Stewardship Video (by HFASS)

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My “State of the House” address from tonight’s annual meeting

85 people eating red velvet cake and participating in the HFASS annual "Big Fat Deal All-Church Meeting"

The State of the House. I say we take a second to think about this year together. There is so much to consider, so much to mourn, so much for which to be grateful to God and to one another. So let’s not mistake miracles for luck or grace for work and let’s take a [Read More...]

Sermon on Healing *(for clergy) that I preached at the Festival of Homiletics


  Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away [Read More...]

“Do you WANT to be made well?” Man, I Wish Jesus Wouldn’t Say Things Like That (a sermon)


2013-05-05 NBW Sermon <—-click here to listen along. 2Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay many invalids — blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had [Read More...]

Sermon on mermaids, enemies, and the 23rd Psalm


2013-04-21 NBW Sermon <—-as always, I encourage you to listen along. Especially this week. Just click here. It may take 2 minutes more than just reading it. Happy Good Shepherd Sunday.  It’s not really a festival day of the church, like Christ the King or Transfiguration Sunday are…it’s just that every year, on the 4th Sunday [Read More...]

My Birthday Wish

Pastor Matthew Nickoloff, HFASS intern 2011-2012 at the new church plant, South Wedge Mission in Rochester, NY.  I still mentor Matthew as a new church planter.

  Tomorrow is my 44th birthday. As per usual, I will exploit this to try and benefit my congregation. We need to raise $7,000 in order to again be an internship site this Fall. We are committed to training church planters to go and create sacramental communities similar to HFASS in other locations across the [Read More...]